Mase & Danni Run Forward
We are running the London Marathon 2018 for The Forward Trust because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety...
We empower people at their toughest point to turn their life around.
Charity Registration No. 1001701
The Forward Trust provide incredible services to empower people to break the cycles of addiction and crime to move forward with their lives positively. Those who suffer from addiction or have a history of offending are often the most marginalised in society, yet Forward believe that by supporting people in living a fulfilling and productive life, everyone can achieve recovery, rehabilitation and long-term employment.
Recognising that the path to addiction is not just the result of increasing chemical hooks through sustained substance misuse, The Forward Trust helps enable recovery through intensive abstinence-based programmes, alongside provision of family support and employment services in prisons and the community, fostering healthy and mutually supportive relationships. However, whilst drug and crime rates are on the rise, those with access to these programmes is falling dramatically (nearly 60% reduction in the last 5 years) due to changes in funding priorities and prison regime restrictions. Despite this, Forward's mission is to continue to increase the number of ex-offenders or addicts who can achieve recovery and rehabilitation with the support of their services.
We'd be unbelievably grateful for any donation you can make to support Forward in continuing to deliver and expand their reach of life-changing transformation for those who haven't had such fortunate and loving environments to develop and maintain meaningful bonds in life as you and I.
Who you are helping:
The average prison drug and alcohol services client is a British-white male, aged 30-40. 71% of substance mis-users suffer from mental health symptoms, with an average of 3.4 mental health problems per client. 27% use heroine as their primary drug, 25% alcohol and 21% report cocaine or crack as their primary problem substance. 51% of clients have over 10 previous criminal convictions, predominantly for theft or violent crimes. 70% of clients are single prior to imprisonment, often without any true friends.
How you are helping:
There is a 65% reduction in volume of re-offending for
abstinence programme graduates. £6.3 million is saved through reduced crime and re-sentencing costs for every 100 abstinence programmes graduates. There is a 50% reduction in the severity of depressive symptoms, and of anxiety by 25% in clients. Every client who completes a job placement generates £18k to the state, while 43% of Blue Sky employees progress to permanent employment, continuing contribution as tax paying citizens.
Because the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it's connection.